God Knows

There are a number of people in my life right now who are suffering in various ways.  Some are suffering from cancer, some are suffering from the loss of a job, and some are suffering from the fear of the unknown.

The other day I was reading through the book of Exodus and I came across a remarkable passage about suffering.  The passage is found in Exodus 2:23-25 where Moses writes,

During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help.  Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.  And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  God saw the people of Israel – and God knew.

When God’s children suffered under terrible persecution (even having their children ripped from their arms and thrown into the Nile), God responded in four ways.

  1. God Heard – In the midst of their suffering God was not absent.  His ear was attuned to His people.  In the same way, God is never absent in our suffering.
  2. God Remembered – God did not forget that those going through suffering were his children, He remembered them.  In the same way, God does not forget His children today.  Isaiah 49:15 says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?  Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”  God always remembers and He always shows compassion for His children.
  3. God Saw – It is not just that God was aware of the suffering of his children, but rather he was intimately acquainted with it.  Every lash from the task masters and every bitter tear was cried in His presence and He saw it all.  No matter how dark the valley may be, you can rest assured that God sees.
  4. God Knew – There is great comfort in the fact that God knows our suffering.  There is comfort in the fact that God knows our suffering because God is sovereign and good and He is able to minister to us in our afflictions.  Not only is God sovereign and good in our suffering, but He is also present.  God knows because God does not allow us to walk through suffering alone, but rather he holds our hand and when necessary he carries us.

When we walk through dark valleys in this life, we can be assured that 1) God hears, 2) God remembers, 3) God sees, and 4) God knows.

Psalm 73:23-26 – “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.  Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

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March 29 2010 05:00 am | Devotional

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